Archives and Collections Volunteers

Our collections volunteers are focused on our digitisation activities, both scanning original documents, photographs and negatives, and transcribing handwritten documents at home.

Volunteer at Celebrate Science engineering cranes

Public Engagement Volunteers

Our Programme Volunteers are the smiling face alongside our travelling exhibition. Using their communication skills and expert knowledge, they inform visitors about our industrial heritage to raise awareness of engineering stories past and present.

Training Opportunities

The Common Room cares about the skills development of all of our volunteers working across the project. We currently offer in-house training to support our volunteers to develop their communication and confidence skills. There is also specific training around digitisation of archived material, public engagement and oral history.

Volunteer in the spotlight

Meet Alistair who is our longest-standing scanning volunteer. He even took an evening class in image manipulation techniques to gain further skills to work with the collections! Having worked through our Tracts collection, Alistair went on to scan the journal run "Colliery Guardian" whilst our building was closed for refurbishment. Even the pandemic hasn't stopped Alistair's contribution; since 2020 he has been working from home transcribing handwritten letter books into Word and has done hundreds of pages since lockdown began.

Want to get involved?

Contact us or have a look on our News page for current volunteering opportunities